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  • The Mosque, which is located in Tavşancıl in the district of Gebze in Kocaeli is also publicly known as the Lower Mosque. It is one of the oldest mosques of Tavşancıl and when or by whom it was built is not precisely known. The mosque was in ruin during the early 20th century and its restoration was demanded in a petition submitted to Sultan Abdülhamit II. Upon this demand, the financial support of Sultan Abdülhamit II was received and the mosque was restored. During this restoration process, the epigraph of the old mosque could not be preserved. This mosque restored by Sultan Abdülhamit II was completely restored excluding its dome. This also means that it lost its originality. The current mosque was planned as a square structure and is covered with the old dome. The old wooden minaret of the mosque and its curtains in its mezzanine which descended from 1901 were preserved well. The pulpit reflects the characteristics of the period during which it was built. The ornamentation of the altar was done by the Italian artist who was assigned by the sultan in Yıldız Palace for this task. Also the writing plates in the mosque are original. This mosque witnessed some tragic events during the War of Independence. The Greek forces invading Tavşancıl on October 15th, 1920 gathered all high ranked people and men who of the district who were able to fight in this mosque and tortured them.

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